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5 Fun Facts About June 1 In Florida History

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1. In 1868, the city of Jacksonville was devastated by a massive fire that destroyed over 2000 buildings and left thousands homeless. The fire was sparked by a kitchen accident and spread quickly due to strong winds and the wooden construction of the buildings at the time.

2. On June 1, 1921, the first airplane mail delivery was launched from Key West. The pilot, Edward B. White, was escorted by a naval destroyer and made the 90-mile journey to Havana in just over 2 hours.

3. In 1948, the University of Miami awarded its first doctoral degree to Dr. Matheson Hammock Jr. Hammock later went on to become a prominent figure in the conservancy movement in Florida and helped establish the renowned Matheson Hammock Park in Miami.

4. June 1, 1962, marked the opening of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. The museum has since become one of the premier art institutions in the state and features collections ranging from classical antiquities to contemporary works.

5. On June 1, 1972, the city of Gainesville implemented an innovative curbside recycling program, becoming one of the first cities in the country to do so. The program has since been expanded and is now considered a model for sustainable waste management.
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